The metal rim with netting was introduced around 1901 with wooden backboards becoming mandatory in 1904 which prompted the introduction of layups and rebounds. In 1909 the first glass backboard was invented and the net bottom was cut allowing the ball to fall through.
Did Michael Jordan break a backboard?
Michael Jordan dunked so hard during a Nike exhibition game in Trieste that the backboard was completely broken. The signed jersey and shoes (including one of the tiny shards of glass in the sole of the left shoe) that Michael Jordan wore during the famous Shattered Backboard game were later auctioned.
Is a 48 inch backboard big enough?
Backboard sizes vary in width from 48” wide all the way up to 72”, but for the sake of regular game play we recommend choosing backboard no smaller than 54” wide. Anything narrower than this measurement won’t allow the player to perform bank shots at all!
What is NBA backboard size?
The backboard shall be a rectangle measuring 6′ horizontally and 3 ½’ vertically. The front surface shall be flat and transparent. A transparent backboard shall be marked with a 2” white rectangle centered behind the This rectangle shall have outside dimensions of 24” horizontally and 18” vertically.